Last week we launched an experimental project of putting online old photos we've got lying around in boxes, in the hope that someone out there knows more about the people in them than we do. We scanned five pictures, put them up, and waited.
That was all it took for the first two identifications. Perhaps not surprisingly, it turns out the fellows in the old photos in the dusty boxes in the State Archives are actually figures of some historical significance. Not that we'd have had any problem in learning that they were "merely" somebody's grandparents, mind you, but it just so happens that their names already appear in the archives, only we didn't know enough to connect the faces to the names.
First there's the distinguished-looking tall man with the Herzlian beard.
The second man our readers identified for us was Prof. Josef Klausner, (1875-1958).
Tale of Love and Darkness - and if you haven't ever read that book, shame on you.
The funny thing about identifying Klausner's picture is that if only we had thought of it, we could have recognized him from his pictures on his (Hebrew) Wikipedia page. For that, however, we'd have had to know whose picture it was...